By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
University of Kansas head coach Bill Self has led his team to an unprecedented 10 straight Big 12 titles – and they’re still looking for more. Now, you can learn the bread and butter of KU’s offense, “Fist,” explained by the coach of the Jayhawks himself. The actions and concepts in “Fist” are simple, but have been extremely difficult for opposing teams to stop.
Drill Summary: If the ball is entered to the post in Fist Mode, no matter where players are on the floor, certain spots need to be filled. Those spots are weak side high, weak side low, strong side high and weak side block. The main rule in Fist Mode is that the post always follows their pass to set a ball screen on the perimeter. Another rule is if the ball ever crosses the lane line extended, the weak side post ducks in to try to get the ball in the paint. If the post doesn’t get the ball in the lane, they relocate to the weak side, filling one of the spots required in Fist Mode. If a guard or wing is in the corner on the side of a ball screen, the post down screens for that guard after setting the ball screen.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Bill Self, the University of Kansas Head Basketball Coach, drills the habits of good man-to-man defense everyday with his Shell Drill. In this clip of an early practice, you will see the intensity that he demands from his young Jayhawk team.
Shell Drill: Front the Cutter and Down Screens
In this 4 on 4 version of the classic shell drill, the coach will start with the ball and then pass to an offensive player. The offense is playing live and trying to score out of two situations – one situation is setting a down screen, and the other situation is making a basket cut after making a guard to wing pass. The defense must defend by properly guarding a down screen, and fronting the cutter after jumping to the ball. You will hear Coach Self emphasizing important defensive concepts such as talk, jump to the ball, close out with high hands, and stay in stance.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 24, 2014
Gain excellent insight from Kansas Head Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Bill Self, with these 4 New ‘Open Basketball Practice’ videos. Coach Self was the recipient of the 2013 John R Wooden Legends of Coaching Award!
Train your players to beat any man or zone press using the “Six Man Press Drill”
Safely inbound against pressure defense with an effective set for spot throw-ins
Develop good fundamentals and build reliable basketball IQ with 2v2 and 3v3 scrimmages for post players and guards
Consistently beat any 2-3, 3-2, and zone press
Get easy scores with an out of bounds play and its counter designed for zones
Break any full court pressure defense easily with Kansas’ “3 near and 1 long”
Teach your players to find “windows” to slash through, as well as attract defenders
Learn Bill Self’s offensive system complete with marker board sessions and live practice footage
Learn how to take a complex ball screen offense and install it into a program with easy to understand concepts
Run a seamless organized offense including transition, secondary transition, a staple play and structured motion
Guard dribble hand-offs using tactics based your players’ strengths or your strategies
Train your players to operate as a team when defending screen-the-screener actions
Force turnovers by effectively positioning your players on and off the ball
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
In this week’s edition of All-Access, we return to Lawrence, Kansas for a behind-the-scenes look at a Kansas men’s basketball practice. Head coach Bill Self leads his squad through defensive stations, which includes back/fade screens, fronting the cutter, and down screens. Follow along with Coach Self and the Jayhawks and look for ways that you can implement these drills with your own squad this season.
First the team breaks down to three baskets for three different defensive stations. Essentially, each station breaks down the shell drill, which the squad eventually gets into later in practice.
Notes: Players must go full speed at all times. Also, every time that a player closes out, it’s critical to keep the hands high.
The action starts with the down screen station. Players go 2-on-2 with a separate passer and work on proper down screens (both offensively and defensively). Then the action moves into fronting the cutter, where in a 1-on-1 situation, the bigs must fight for positioning down low. Finally, we switch to back/fade screens at the third basket.
Watch below as the Jayhawks rotate through the drills and seamlessly transition to a different defensive technique. When implementing this drill on your home court, always look to switch sides of the floor in each rotation as well.
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
In this week’s edition of All-Access, we return to Lawrence, Kansas for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at a Kansas men’s basketball practice. Head coach Bill Self instructs his players about proper technique when defending certain screens, including ball, cross, and down screens. The team then splits up among baskets and works on defending each type of screen on both sides of the floor.
Defending Ball Screens
First, Coach Self gets into defending ball screens and reminds players to hedge the screen on the backside. Another key is to change your feet from driving to the outside to driving to the inside where the help is.
Meanwhile, it’s critical to hedge on the “same board” and make your opponent do one of three things: pick up the ball, change direction, or charge. To switch and play the ball screen correctly, go over the ball screen and under your teammate.
Watch below as the players simulate the action at different baskets. They go four times total, with two reps on each side.
Defending Cross Screens and Down Screens
Based on the way Kansas plays defensively, the team doesn’t switch often. However, when they do, this is how it works.
When it comes to guards and it’s a “like” screen, meaning a screen by a 1, 2, or 3 player, then players will switch on all ball screens and hand offs. If it’s a big and a little, the team won’t switch on anything until its under 10 seconds on the shot clock. In this case, the team will call out “solid” and will switch on all handoffs and ball screens. Bigs are different. Bigs switch on all screens.
Let’s say the offense passes the ball from the wing to down low. We are now playing low post defense. If the ball is beneath the free throw line extended, then look to try and get the low side.
All the while, the big man in the middle should look to get as big as he can on the cross screen. Don’t let the screener get his chest to your shoulder. By maintaining a huge presence, it creates space as the big in the center can push through. When the cross screen occurs, don’t let the offense go body to body. Create space to get through.
Watch below as the squad runs through cross and down screens at full speed.